Taupe vs. Tope

By Jaxson

  • Taupe

    Taupe ( TOHP) is a dark brown color between brown and gray. The word derives from the French noun taupe meaning “mole”. The name originally referred only to the average color of the French mole, but beginning in the 1940s, its usage expanded to encompass a wider range of shades.

    Taupe is a vague color term which may refer to almost any grayish brown or brownish gray, but true taupe is difficult to pinpoint as brown or gray.

    According to the Dictionary of Color, the first use of “taupe” as a color name in English was in the early 19th century; but the earliest citation recorded by the Oxford English Dictionary is from 1911. In 1846 we read “All shades of grey are fashionable en neglige, particularly pearl grey, iron grey, and taupe.”

  • Taupe (noun)

    A dark colour, the colour of moleskin.

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  • Taupe (adjective)

    Of a dark brownish-grey colour.

  • Tope (verb)

    To drink excessively; to get drunk.

  • Taupe (noun)

    grey with a tinge of brown

    “a taupe overcoat”

  • Tope (verb)

    drink alcohol to excess, especially on a regular basis

    “he was toping the while from a flagon of sack”

  • Tope (noun)

    another term for stupa

  • Tope (noun)

    (in South Asia) a grove or plantation of trees, especially mango trees.

  • Tope (noun)

    a small greyish slender-bodied shark, occurring chiefly in inshore waters.

Oxford Dictionary

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